IUCN: Endangered | ESA: Endangered
Between 2010 and 2014, 11 AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums reported taking part in a variety of field conservation projects benefiting whooping cranes. AZA institutions also support the conservation of other crane species around the world. Over those five years alone, the AZA community invested over $3.2 million in whooping crane conservation, plus an additional ~$70,000 to support organizations, such as the AZA-accredited International Crane Foundation (ICF), that worked with multiple crane species and directed the funds based on need. AZA institutions are actively involved in projects that identify critical habitats and reintroduce cranes into the wild, as well as providing financial support to other on-the-ground conservation partners. In 2012, AZA awarded a Conservation Grants Fund award to ICF to develop cellular technology that would improve monitoring of reintroduced whooping cranes.
Learn more about these projects, along with other field conservation and research efforts undertaken by AZA member institutions, by visiting AZA's Conservation and Research Database. Institutions report projects and update existing projects on a yearly basis, and these data are used for AZA's Annual Report on Conservation and Science and related publications.
Gruiformes TAG Chair: Frederick Beall, Franklin Park Zoo
Gruiformes TAG Vice Chair: Carol Hesch, Memphis Zoo
SSP Coordinator: Kimberly Boardman, International Crane Foundation
Studbook Keeper: Sharon Peregoy, USGS Patuxent Research Center
Gruiformes TAG Field Conservation Advisor: Claire Mirande, International Crane Foundation
For more information about AZA SAFE and its commitment to whooping crane conservation, please contact SAFEwhoopingcrane@aza.org.
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